Western U.S. states have been negotiating for months over how to address the Colorado River’s shrinking water levels, which have worsened from overuse and more than two decades of drought intensified by climate change.

On Tuesday, the Biden administration waded into the stalemate with a proposal on how best to allocate water cuts and stave off a potential water and power catastrophe. Learn more from several water experts, including The Water Council’s vice president of water stewardship, Matt Howard, in this Barron’s article.

Lake surrounded by bluffs. The lower part of the bluffs are lighter than the rest, indicating where the water used to rise.
The water level has dropped drastically at Lake Mead, a reservoir for the Colorado River.